Let music tell you why you should #NeverForget Martial Law

LAPIS' concert about Martial Law is on January 30.

Gary Granada and Cooky Chua at LAPIS Para sa Lumad (via LAPIS' Facebook page)


(SPOT.ph) Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it—Cooky Chua, vocalist of Tres Marias, Color It Red, and member of The League of Authors of Public Interest Songs, believes in this statement by author Edmund Burke. "Dapat masusi ang pag-aaral sa Batas Militar at gumawa tayo ng paraan para hindi na ito maulit pa," she said.


On January 30, Filipino composers and musicians will come together for a concert entitled #NeverForget, an effort by The League of Authors of Public Interest Songs (LAPIS) to remember the real deal back when the Philippines was under Martial Law and the leadership of former president Ferdinand Marcos. The event starts at 5 p.m., at Bantayog ng mga Bayani Center. Ticket price is P50.



Marami akong kakilalang dumaan sa mga katakut-takot na karanasan noong panahong iyon. At marami din akong kaibigan na nilabanan ito sa iba’t ibang paraan na kaya nila. Mahalagang maipaalam ito sa kabataan alang-alang sa kinabukasan ng ating bayan,” said Chua. She will perform with fellow LAPIS members Gary Granada, Bayang Barrios, Chickoy Pura, Plagpul, and Lolita Carbon.


According to LAPIS Executive Director, composer, and musician Karl Ramirez, #NeverForget is scheduled on January 30 because it’s a historic day—it’s part of the First Quarter Storm of the '70s, a day the youth should be aware of. “Dapat maintindihan nila bakit may pag-aaklas sa kabila ng matinding panunupil ng iilang maykapangyarihan noong panahong iyon,” Ramirez said.


LAPIS is an organization of composers and musicians that seeks to raise the Filipinos’ public interest. In 2015, they launched a series of performances for the benefit of the Lumad victims. They are set to release their first public interest music album in March. #NeverForget is a joint project with Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation.

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#NeverForget is on January 30, 5 p.m. at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Center, Bantayog Road, Diliman, Quezon City (lapisphilippines@gmail.com or 0932-890-6690). For more information, visit LAPIS’ website

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